Armed with new Missouri incentives, Hunt Midwest’s SubTropolis Technology Center has selected CBRE Data Center Solutions to steer growth of its 400,000 sq ft data center campus anchored by leading IT cloud service provider LightEdge Solutions.
“CBRE has the world’s only fully integrated data center real estate team, with more than 100 advisors worldwide helping complete more than 210 MW of transactions in 2014,” said Mike Bell, Hunt Midwest’s vice president of industrial/commercial development. “We look forward to working with CBRE to expand SubTropolis Technology Center’s mission critical footprint.”
SubTropolis Technology Center offers 30 MW of fully redundant, low cost power with 2N utility feeds and two diverse KCP&L substations with 161 kV of transmission capacity on the property, as well as multiple existing nearby substations. Tenants have access to nearly unlimited bandwidth, with three Tier I fiber carriers onsite, plus a carrier neutral Meet Me Room and connection to Dark Fiber through Kansas City’s premier carrier hotel, 1102 Grand.
“STC’s redundant, low cost power and low latency connectivity, combined with nearly 2 million square feet available for expansion, creates a highly competitive advantage. Missouri’s new data center legislation was the missing piece of the puzzle, which now is complete,” said Todd Bateman, who leads CBRE’s North American Data Center Solutions group.
In 2015, Missouri lawmakers passed legislation granting data center operators incentives, including sales and use tax exemptions for machinery, equipment and utilities. In 2009, Hunt Midwest began pushing for state incentives to lure data center investment to Missouri after seeing the state lose millions in data center investment to neighboring states that had incentives in place. The effort took longer than expected, but it also gave Hunt Midwest time to plan and perfect the STC campus.
“Hunt Midwest had strong expectations that data center legislation eventually would pass in Missouri, and that’s why we made significant investments in our data center infrastructure, fiber and power over the past several years. Our goal was to build the most secure, scalable data center environment in the Midwest, and we believe we have that at STC,” Bell said.
SubTropolis Technology Center opened in 2014 and is expandable to 2 million sq ft.